Nuage de givre

2nd edition, 2011-2012

Nuage de givre/Luminothérapie. Photo: Martine Doyon

This installation is made of 7,700 suspended gel-packs that form a translucent cloud. By day, the wind makes the metaphorical firmament vibrate, and at night surveillance cameras capture the movements of people below and use the information to change the colour of video projections simulating an interactive aurora borealis. As the weeks pass, the lights shift gradually from blue to red.

Presented on the place des Festivals, from December 11, 2011 to February 2, 2012.


Designed by Jean Beaudoin and Erick Villeneuve, produced by Multimédia Novalux in collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

Press releases

Nuage de givre is ready for the public at Place des Festivals in Quartier des Spectacles

Three creative teams will give winter a new face at Quartier des Spectacles

The finalists in the Create Winter at Quartier des Spectacles competition are revealed!




Launched through an initiative of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership in 2010, Luminothérapie has a two-fold vocation. Its goals are to give Montrealers and visitors an original winter experience in the Quartier des Spectacles, and to promote Montreal as a city of design, and to stimulate creativity in the disciplines of urban installations and digital art.

Each year, a competition is held by the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership , inviting competitors to form multidisciplinary teams and propose installations and video projections with a strong urban design component, with input from all artistic disciplines. Thanks to this process, the event encourages not only creativity but the emergence of new artistic practices.